I’ve been a bit quiet around these parts the past few months. But, I think I’ve got a pretty good excuse. . .
Our son, Rafe Solomon, was born on June 30. With a quick (4.5 hours!) and natural labor, I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, empowering way to welcome our son into this great big world. He’s captivated my heart and taught me so much in his short 9 weeks on Earth. The hubby and I are soaking up every single smile and coo.
Essential oils have been an integral part of my pregnancy self-care routine, labor and delivery, and postpartum for both me and Rafe. I want to focus on each of these areas in separate blog posts and highlight which oils I used and recommend in each phase.
There is some debate of whether essential oils are safe during pregnancy, especially the first trimester, and it is important that you do your research and make an informed decision for yourself. I went to a training workshop on essential oils for pregnancy and birth, as well as read several books and spoke to a qualified, trusted midwife who uses the oils with her patients. I am not a qualified practitioner; I can only share my personal experience and what works for me.
I have experienced so many wonderful benefits from using the oils during and after pregnancy that I can’t help but want to share with everyone!
In saying that, I personally chose to avoid essential oils topically and internally during my first trimester. This is the crucial time when the baby’s organs and systems are developing so I wanted to be extra careful with everything I ingested and used during these first 12 weeks. The brand of essential oils I use are pristine and safe, having been tested several times by third parties, and many people do use them early in pregnancy with success.
Once the second trimester rolled around (and those first few months seemed to drag on with constant nausea and fatigue), I began to incorporate the oils into my daily routine both topically and, occasionally, internally.
I would sometimes have a drop of Lemon oil in my morning water or chow down on Choc-Peppermint Bliss Balls or Ginger and Lime slice. But, this was on occasion and heavily diluted.
Today, I’m sharing the top oils I used (nearly) everyday in my pregnancy from the second trimester onward.
This Oil of Love and Trust is a beautiful, flowery scent that promotes unconditional love and nurtures trust. It assists in establishing a strong bond between a child’s mother and father. I rubbed this gentle oil on my growing belly morning and night while telling my baby how much I loved him.
Geranium is wonderful for the skin. It is a perfect moisturizer for mommas-to-be who want to prevent or lessen stretch marks. I mixed a couple drops Geranium with coconut oil and massaged my feminine, womanly areas—–thighs, stomach, lower back and breasts (avoiding the nipple area).
For those times when you need to zen out, diffuse 2 drops each Geranium, Ylang Ylang and Myrrh, 3 drops Frankincense and 1 drop Vetiver for a powerful Anti-Anxiety Blend.
Lavender is also a beautiful oil for the skin. It can be used for rashes, burns, scars and wounds. I added a drop of Lavender to my Geranium and coconut oil mix to apply to my body each night. Lavender promotes relaxation and sleep, so as part of my calming nighttime ritual, this oil is applied to the bottoms of my feet and swiped under my nose just before hopping into bed.
I found sleep became especially challenging during the third trimester. A bump the size of a watermelon and a bladder the size of a pea were the perfect combination for insomnia. It took me what felt like forever to get comfortable and once I finally fell asleep, I was woken with the urge to pee! So, Lavender was my best friend during the last few months.
I could gush about Frankie Boy all day long. This King of Oils is the jack of all trades and has endless powerful benefits. Frankincense was one of the three gifts of the Wise Men to baby Jesus when he was born so it must be important, right?!
Frankincense is the Oil of Truth. It wards off negative influences and reminds us that we are loved and protected. Frankincense allows us to connect deeper with our spirituality and the soul within us. During pregnancy, I inhaled Frankincense every morning and found it helped strengthen my bond with the little soul growing inside of me.
Just like Geranium and Lavender, Frankincense works wonders on the skin. Scars, stretch marks, sun spots, wrinkles, wounds. . . you name it! I mix one drop Frankie with my facial moisturizer and apply to my face once a day. This really got my pregnancy glow going on!
Frankincense is also a huge immunity booster. It was important that I stayed healthy during pregnancy and working around children all day can make that tricky. So, I used this oil to amp up my immune system and cellular health. Thankfully, I didn’t get sick once during pregnancy (apart from the typical first-trimester morning sickness).
Wild Orange is often described as “joy bubbles in a bottle.” I dare you to smell this oil and not smile. It’s just not possible! One whiff and your heart is lighter and your body is tingling with happiness.
Wild Orange is super calming for the central nervous system. So, while it is an invigorating citrus oil, it also has a tranquil effect on the body. This Oil of Abundance promotes creativity, enhances a positive mood and restores physical energy—-all things I craved during pregnancy. Growing a child is one of the most creative things your body will ever do, so I found Wild Orange facilitated this creative energy within me.
This oil is often used to address anxiety and fear. I would rub a drop of Wild Orange over my heart several times a day. Applying to my chest allowed me to smell it constantly. I also created a spray using Wild Orange, Peppermint and the Grounding Blend mixed with water. I called this my “Feel Good Spray” and often used it as a “pure-fume”.
This earthy blend is a combination of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy and Blue Chamomile all of which are strong trees rooted deeply into the ground. These trees are not swayed by external circumstances—-rain, hail, thunder, intense heat. They are stable, present in the Now and not in any hurry. When we use this grounding oil, we, like these trees, can weather life’s storms without being shaken to the core.
The Grounding Blend is especially good for stress, anxiety, mood swings, fear, grief and trauma. I knew it was important that I operated from a place of calmness rather than anxiety during pregnancy. Research shows that a baby in utero picks up on the mother’s vibrations in the amniotic fluid. When we are stressed, the baby will be stressed. When we are calm, the baby will be calm. How much more enjoyable and healthy is it to grow in a calm environment rather than an anxious one?
I applied the Grounding Blend to the soles of my feet morning and night. The bottoms of our feet have very large pores and the oils are absorbed in to the blood stream within 30 seconds. Watch this video to see how this oil powerfully affects the body at the cellular level. It’s amazing!
I’ll leave you with this gorgeous blend. It’s beautiful to diffuse or rub topically over your womb to promote a deep love and connection with your baby inside. Geranium is the Oil of Love and Trust, Ylang Ylang the Oil of the Inner Child, and Lime the Oil of Zest for Life.
Lots of love,
** It’s important to note that not all essential oils are created equally. Many off-the-shelf brands contain fillers, perfumes and other nasties. If you want to order the brand that I personally use and trust, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Contact Page to learn how to buy them.
Essential Oils For Pregnancy, Birth and Babies by Stephanie Fritz
Emotional Healing with Essential Oils by Daniel Macdonald
The Essential Life: A Simple Guide to Living the Wellness Lifestyle by Total Wellness Publishing
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